Friday, 10 September 2010

Friday is for Fairytales: Puss in Boots

Friday is for Fairytales is a meme hosted by Irena (me) at This Miss loves to Read. Every Friday, you can choose a fairytale you love, or simply find interesting or haunting, and review it or simply say why you like it so much, or why it has captured your attention. Instead of a fairytale, you can choose a favourite fairytale character and describe him/her and tell us why you like them, or you can simply share an experience connected to a fairytale. Fairytales can be old and modern, written by a known author or anonymous, written down or passed on orally, short or in novel form (like re-writings of fairytales), international or typical for your country alone. In this case, present your country’s fairytale and we can all become acquainted with a new fairytale. So, make a post every Friday that is connected to the world of fairytales, be it a review, a character description or your own fairytale experience. Let’s celebrate fairytales and share our love for them.

My post today is about: Puss in Boots

I’ve been familiar with Puss in Boots since childhood, but I grew to really like the character, and the fairy-tale, after watching Shrek. The Puss in Boots from Shrek is really epic, funny and has a delightful Spanish accent. This Friday, I will briefly talk about Charles Perrault’s fairy-tale and modern version of this clever cat.

In Perrault’s fairy-tale, Puss helps a simple milliner’s son, who is his master, to become an important and wealthy person. With (quite) a bit of deception, Puss arranger’s for the milliner’s son to become known as the Marquis of Carabas, and in the end, the fake marquis gets to marry a princess, the king’s daughter. So, Puss is very inventive, clever and ambitious in the name of his master. And, he is no ordinary cat because he wears boots.

In Shrek 2, when Puss is introduced, this cat has a different role. Although based on Perrault’s Puss in Boots, he is an assassin, hired by King Harold to assassinate Shrek. But the attack goes awry and Puss ends up begging Shrek to spare him. Shrek does just that and eventually, they become friends. This Puss is definitely presented as a suave Latin lover and it’s not hard to imagine that since he’s voiced by Antonio Banderas. He is a great fighter, but he is famous for a special defence technique: he gives a cute, innocent, wide-eyed look that can melt any heart.

I have to say that I definitely prefer Puss in Shrek to Perrault’s Puss because he is very fun and funny to watch. What a cat!


Blodeuedd said...

Not the pic not the pic...
awwwww *melts into a puddle* Who can say no to those eyes

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Um, that is my most favorite scene from any Shrek move! It helps that I have a kitty who looks pretty similar although mine has orange eyes and sadly doesn't wear boots.

Enbrethiliel said...


The original Puss is such a clever, crafty cat! I like the way the Shrek movies capture his spirit even as they do new things for his character. =)

Midnyte Reader said...

Puss in Boots was always one of my favorite characters too! Maybe I'll write about my take on him as well on Friday. This is a great meme!

Risa said...

Hey there, Irene! I was just browsing around for something good to read and found my way here from the Shredded Cheddar blog! I must say...this is a very interesting meme. I've always loved fairy tales! (Nothing new I guess.:))

As for your chosen fairy tale...I always found Puss in Boots interesting, although certain illustration freaked the daylights out of me as a child! I'm not sure, though, that I ever took kindly to a princess being fooled into thinking she was marrying a prince...

And loved the puss in Shrek!:D